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Online RVP: Join in on the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference from anywhere

September 4, 2013

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The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is happening in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, and we’re working hard to ensure that you can reap the benefits online as well as in person.

We’ll be live-tweeting sessions, hosting Twitter chats, and sharing photos. We’re also live-blogging throughout the conference along with our friends at the Philadelphia- based Next City. Shortly after the conference, PhillyCAM will be releasing footage from View from City Hall: The Mayors’ Exchange on Unlocking Value in Vacancy

See below for more information, and join in the conversation!

Be sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn and keep an eye on this blog. Track the #RVP2013 hashtag on Twitter throughout the conference to see what others are saying and join in the conversation.

And please bookmark this page: if new opportunities arise to engage online with RVP, this is where we’ll be posting them!



Our friends at Next City are live-blogging the conference. Check out the steady stream of posts over on their blog — you’ll feel like you’re here in person!

We’ll also be posting regular updates right here on our own blog.


Follow @CProgressNews as we share all of the best content, in real-time, from key sessions throughout the conference – it’s a great chance to learn! Here’s where we’ll be live-tweeting from:

Monday, September 9th:

2:30-5:00 PM – Land Banking 101 – A ground-level, introductory course on Land Banking, this session will offer participants an in-depth look at how to form, fund and operate a land bank, presented by the leading experts in America.

with Kim Graziani, Center for Community Progress; Christina Kelly, Genesee County Land Bank Authority; Katie Sabo, Office of County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Alison Souther, Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority; Sara Toering, Center for Community Progress; Katelyn Wright, Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation

Tuesday, September 10th

9:00-10:30 AM – View from City Hall: The Mayors’ Exchange on Unlocking Value in Vacancy

with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, IN; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN; Mayor Mark Mallory, Cincinnati, OH; Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA; Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown, PA, and moderated by Tom Murphy of the Urban Land Institute

Wednesday, September 11th

9:00-10:30 AM – More Green, Less Crime: Making the Case for Greening to Improve Health and Safety – During tough economic times, cities can use relatively simple and low-cost greening land care interventions to reduce crime and enhance community health. This session will explore how government, community and universities can collaborate to guide such interventions.

with Dr. Charles Branas, University of Pennsylvania; Bob Grossmann, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; Deborah McColloch, Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development; Alia Walker, Earth’s Keepers, Inc.

12:45-2:30 PM: Closing Plenary

with Bill Strickland, President and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation

(Full session descriptions are available in our conference program.)


We’re hosting Twitter Chats at the times listed below — when you follow #RVP2013, you can see what others are saying. And when you tweet your own answers, be sure to tag them with #RVP2013!

Tuesday, September 10th

10:30-10:45 AM: What is your community’s biggest challenge related to vacant and problem properties?
3:30-4:00 PM: How has your community unlocked the value in its vacant and problem properties?

Wednesday, September 11th

12:30-12:45 PM: What’s the most useful or interesting thing you’ve learned at RVP?


PCAM_Tag_MagentaPhillyCAM will be joining us to film View from City Hall: The Mayors’ Exchange on Unlocking Value in Vacancy on Tuesday.

The footage from this one-of-a-kind roundtable will be available online in the near future — we can’t wait to share it with you!

Please take advantage of the creative energy created by RVP, and inject your own knowledge and point of view into the emerging discussions. Whether we’re together in person or not, we can work together to change the dialogue about problem properties, viewing vacant spaces not as liabilities, but rather as opportunities for the creation of healthy, vibrant communities.

We can’t wait to chat with you!

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